Hello you beautiful reader, and welcome to another Crafty Wednesday post! Before I get started I want to point out two very important announcements:

  • Monday’s post had a total of 50 views, which hadn’t happened in months. Not 15…50. That boggles my mind! Thank you guys so much for the views and your support for my blog! It means so much to me! If you want more of the quillegible blog of happiness, follow me on Facebook and LinkedIn for updates and other fun stuff to come!
  • I mentioned briefly on Monday that January is National Mentors’ Month, among other things. Due to that, I wanted to point out that there is a great charity organization called AdoptAClassroom where donations not only go to help teachers but also to give classroom supplies and books to kids. One particular class is a class in Mead High School in Longmont, CO, which teaches special needs kids. My little brother Cooper is autistic and if it weren’t for these kinds of classes, he wouldn’t be an Eagle Scout, and he wouldn’t be in college right now. So obviously this is something that’s very near and dear to my heart. Any amount helps, so click here if you want to donate, and I thank you in advance for your generosity. 

Now for Crafty Wednesday! After all the packing and crafting, all I want to do is take a break, and I don’t think I’d be the only one. But unlike other young adults my age, I’m not really into Teen Wolf or The Bachelor/Bachelorette. So what do I watch that will not only help me relax but also energize my creative brain? Here are my Top 7 TV Shows for my inner Crafting Genius:

7. Expedition Unknown

This is a show on Travel Channel that doesn’t have a very enticing host (there are so many archaeologists in the world who’d probably do a much better job). However, the mysteries from history have always been more fascinating to me than anything out of an Agatha Christie novel. Just now I’m watching the mystery behind the inspiration for Atlantis and the Greek Minotaur. 

While this is more so inspiration for writing a novel than crafting, it’s really fun to learn about different artifacts and wonder how to make something similar with supplies from home. After all, if it worked for ancient Minoans it should work now, right? Why fix what isn’t broken?

6. Mystery at the Museum

While this is a very similar show to Expedition Unknown, Mystery at the Museum focuses on American museums and treasures that anyone can find on a typical road trip. Example: I watched an episode of Mystery at the Museum that focused on the Alamo in San Antonio and its caretaker Clara who fought tooth and nail to preserve the Alamo barracks from being torn down. A few months later, when I visited San Antonio on New Year’s Eve, I found the plaque that is dedicated to Clara and her heroic efforts.

 How does this relate to crafting? From my point of view, it makes me realize that every man’s trash can be treasure, so the next time I walk into a flea market, I’m tempted to transform it into something beautiful and learn about its history.

5. Ghost Adventures

Yes, it’s most likely that this show is fake due to confessions from the cast and crew of the show, but the drama of the show helps get my mind off of my latest project, which sometimes is a necessary measure after I’ve had a long day and I want to take a break. Once Halloween rolls around, I like to tune in to this show to come up with ideas for cheap Halloween decorations! (Psst! I have a post about that! Click here if you wanna catch up!)

4. Cake Boss

Cake Boss is a show that I’ve known since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted to be a baker because of it. Now I turn to the amazing works of Rosanna Pansino and her Nerdy Nummies on YouTube, but it’d be a disgrace to not acknowledge the show that started it all for me. Besides, if I ever wanted to make a 3 tier cake inspired by Hans Christian Anderson, I would totally go to the Boss for ideas. (Still love Ro, though!)

3. Tiny House Big Living

I’ve officially decided that when I graduate from Texas A&M, I’m going to skip the apartments and go directly into a tiny house that I can lug with me no matter where my job is! Not only does it make sense financially, but it also makes sense for a young woman just out of college who has no idea where she wants to work (and I have one year left 😬). My mind runs like crazy coming up with ideas for my own tiny house whenever this show comes on!

2. Fixer Upper

There’s no question that Fixer Upper would be high up on my list. Not only are Chip and Joanna Gaines #couplegoals (even though I’m #foreversingle), but Joanna’s interior design and love for antiques inspires my crafty side and lets me think more about how I design my interiors rather than just throwing everything together into a random space.
And the #1 TV Show that Inspires my Inner Crafting Genius is…

1. Treehouse Masters

I know, I know, I already had an entire article dedicated to Treehouse Masters (if you want to read that, look no further!), but watching Pete Nelson on all his adventures building a treehouse is the ultimate crafting genius TV show for me. It was actually a hard decision between this and Fixer Upper, but whereas Fixer Upper tackles old homes, Treehouse Masters introduces a more environmentally friendly way of living by literally lifting your spirits. I can’t wait to build my treehouse after I’m done building my tiny house!
What are the best TV shows that inspires your inner crafting genius? Hit me up on Facebook or LinkedIn and let me know!